Dry weather makes autumn feed budget critical
As ewe mating gets underway, farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to provide high quality feed for those ewes at lambing.
Ram harnesses a tool for improved flock productivity
Ram harnesses are a useful tool for feed allocation but they can also help identify unmated hoggets that will have higher lifetime performance.
Lambs Versus Ewes – which gets the quality feed?
Do you have enough high-quality feed available on your farm to both finish lambs and have all of your ewes in optimum condition going into mating?
Paddock selection for winter feed crops
Which paddocks will you be using for next year’s winter feed crops? To ensure the best environmental and animal welfare outcomes, B+LNZ has compiled a list of three critical factors to consider when selecting paddocks for growing winter feed crops.
Winter feed crops – paddock selection
Winter feed crops came under the environmental spotlight this year. While these crops are often a vital part of a pastoral grazing system, they do carry environmental risks if not managed responsibly. Careful planning can help minimise these risks and ensure the best outcomes for livestock and the environment. This is the first of an ongoing series looking at establishing, growing and grazing of winter feed crops and post grazing management.
Eating for three
Correctly managing triplet-bearing ewes now will help maximise lamb survival and increase ewe profitability in spring.
Care required with feed crops in autumn
At this time of the year, feed crops and pastures can be toxic to livestock particularly when frosts, overcast or cold weather follow a period of rapid growth. James White, from Seed Force, offers some advice.
Growing a great crop of beet
Part two of this two-part series on fodder-beet looks at the agronomic requirements of these high yielding feed crops.
Managed correctly, fodder beet can be a valuable winter feed crop for ewes.
Ram harness revival
Used correctly, ram harnesses can help farmers make the most effective use of their feed resources at both mating and lambing.
Hogget mating drives future productivity
Managed correctly, hogget mating has the potential to enhance the productivity and profitability of the future ewe flock – but the inverse is also true.